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4.34  ·  Rating details ·  515 ratings  ·  31 reviews
In Hito Steyerl's writing we begin to see how, even if the hopes and desires for coherent collective political projects have been displaced onto images and screens, it is precisely here that we must look frankly at the technology that seals them in. The Wretched of the Screen collects a number of Steyerl's landmark essays from recent years in which she has steadily develop ...more
Paperback, e-flux journal, 200 pages
Published September 2012 by Sternberg Press
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May 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
version 1.0

One could of course argue that this is not the real thing, but then - please, anybody - show me this real thing.

This stuff is so fresh it hurts. I am shocked and shaken and overstimulated. I've stumbled into someone else's too-real dream. It's so exciting that someone with the perceptiveness, sensitivity to language and willingness to look behind what's being pushed in front of us as Sara Ahmed is at work at the screenface of art and the biopolitics of disaster capitalism, determinedl
Nov 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
Συλλογή άρθρων με ποικιλία θεμάτων από την αναπαράσταση/εικόνα στη σύγχρονη ψηφιακή κοινωνία, το σπαμ και τη σημασία του, το θέμα των αγνοουμένων που βρίσκονται στο μεταίχμιο ζωής /θανάτου κα. Πολύ ενδιαφέρον και πυκνό, θέλει ξαναδιάβασμα.
Joana Pestana
Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
There are 3 mandatory essays in this reader on visual-digital literacy: "In Free Fall: A Thought Experiment on Vertical Perspective"; "In Defense of the Poor Image"; "The Spam of Earth: Withdrawal from Representation". ...more
Me encantó, una fusión de deep social con visual works
Feb 22, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic essays about art, media, biopolitics, cinema, representation and a lot more. These dense texts are not only beautifully written, but in their creative approaches seem very appropriate to the current hypercapitalist world, we live in.
Christopher O
Jun 29, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: critique
Hito, while largely escaping classification as artist or philosopher or activist, strikes me, especially in the case of The Wretched of the Screen as a philosopher of film. Such as the case, her work would be extraordinarily valuable for filmmakers looking to experimental film or gallery bound short film (or factory bound short film); essentially it is valuable for producing an object that resonates with the subjected. And this is precisely where I found the most insight in this collection of es ...more
Julia Hannafin
Oct 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
I felt a similar way reading Hito's writing to how I felt reading Clarice Lispector -- like the sentences aren't two-dimensional but three, that you step halfway into an idea or a phrase before having to turn around and re-orient yourself. Her words aren't flat on the paper and neither are her ideas; they're rooms into which you step, graph-paper sculptures of space and time and constructs that might fly as invisible if you don't look closely enough. Hito's writing makes me see the invisible con ...more
Sep 03, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Parla de temes molt interessants de la societat contemporània, fent connexions amb altres àmbits (cinema, economia, museus, física quàntica...), tot i que a vegades de forma molt enrevessada. En alguns capítols/assajos m'ha costat força seguir el fil (segurament, per falta de coneixaments). ...more
Dec 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
she is so brilliant, couldn't have written my bfa thesis without her http://thej2.com/o/olivia_fox_stateme... ...more
Elías Casella
Mucho humo, esperaba más.
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
I am a minecraft redstone computer
Feb 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
I like most of Hito Steyerl's works, whether it comes in the form of essays, video installation or performance lecture. The Wretched of the Screen is perhaps one of the references that I will be revisited again and again to gain a better critical understanding of image and contemporaneity. In this collection of her essays, Steyerl brilliantly pointed out the relationship between an image and immortality that I think important to discussed in the age what she called 'post-production.' Steyerl poi ...more
Nate Cole
Dec 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Like several other comments have stated, “In Defense of the Poor Image” and “The Spam of Earth” are the definitive takeaways. I’ll be reflecting on this collection of essays for a long time. As a reader relatively new to philosophies surrounding images previous readings in the realm of architecture theory were very complimentary, namely phenomenologists like juhani Pollasmaa and other theorists like Foucault and Keller Easterling.

Steyerl’s discussion of post-production really blew my perception
Oct 21, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: philosophy, media, culture
In contrast to many of the other philosophical essays I have read, those in this volume were written in a refreshingly accessible manner without a lot of overly convoluted fluff thrown in. However, not all of them struck me as making particularly profound arguments. One in particular on quantum superposition as a metaphor was very memorable, and another on image spam was quite interesting as well, but the rest didn't do as much for me. Video artists may get more mileage out of some of the others ...more
César T
Jun 05, 2022 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Un libro que no supe apreciar y que leí por compromiso. No era para mí en el momento en que lo confronté. Si bien es cierto que esta obra me dio pie para reflexionar sobre el arte, las imágenes y lo que representan, no sentí un punto claro que resonara en mis circunstancias. El estilo de Hito, que muchas veces combina conceptos y distintas definiciones de un sola palabra, me pareció que no aterrizaba a tesis sólidas.
blanca rodriguez
Jan 26, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
la hito steyerl es una crack que decir, hay algunos capítulos mas asequibles que otros(el de shrodinguer ni te lo leas vaya toston) pero muy bien una persona muy lista coherente que hace discursos teórico sobre el mundo digital sin ser una tecnofoba👏🏻👍🏻👏🏻👍🏻👏🏻👍🏻👏🏻👍🏻siempre con la imagen pobre te amo hito
Mar 11, 2022 rated it it was amazing
One of those books you read and are like "oh, yeah, I get all this, this is all just, like, part of the discourse" and then you are like "wait, is this book one of the main reasons this is part of the discourse?" An essential essay collection on visual culture in the digital age. ...more
Sep 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mar 07, 2022 rated it it was amazing
hito steyerl is a fucking legendddddd
Feb 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was exactly what I needed to read and I am so hungry for more.
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
beautifully hyper referential, super entertaining philosophy, art theory, media studies essays on oppression in technological post-capitalist times hence the clever Fanon referencing title
Fai Ahmed
Jun 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
One of the most important books in media.
Aug 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
a lot to take in: horizontality, freelance work, autonomy of art, and many others
Aislinn Evans
lotta clever ideas, a fun read as far as art theory goes
Carolina Velasco
Aug 10, 2022 rated it it was amazing
si no lo hubiera sacado de la biblioteca lo habría dejado lleno de notas y subrayados
Larry Ggggggggggggggggggggggggg
disassociated and overwhelmed
Dec 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Steyerl's theoretical and stylistic finesse left me SHOOK. The tasty nuggets I can recall include: nudes will make you immoooorrrrrtaaaalll. All videos shown in museum settings have shit sound (so f'n true). The people in junk ads for ED pills actually relieve the terrible weight of our image. That Gaspar Noe movie with the racist drone perspective is "frankly terrible." Low-res images are actually.....good??!

I only fear that, in the future, Steyerl will be notated as Sontag has been: a stylist
David Carrasquillo
May 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Definetly a 5. This is one of the freshest and deepest books I've read. This book is so well thought that every sentence has history and power behind it. It will be imposible to see museum andimages in general, especially crappy "poor images", the same way from now on. ...more
Oct 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What a great time to be alive.
Mark Dzula
Jan 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Insightful writing on art, media, and politics. The theoretical bent of this book is compounded by Steyerl's impressive art practice. ...more
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Hito Steyerl is a German filmmaker, visual artist, and author in the field of essayist documentary video. Her principal topics of interest are media, technology, and the global circulation of images. Steyerl holds a Ph.D in Philosophy from the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. She is currently a professor of New Media Art at the Berlin University of the Arts.

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